Brendan Rodgers has revealed how a Liverpool fan's letter inspired this season's Premier League title bid.
The Anfield club's mounted challenge to end a 24-year wait to be crowned champions of England fell short on the final day of the season, despite overcoming Newcastle United, after Manchester City ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against West Ham United to lift the crown.
And speaking after his players were confirmed as runners-up to Manuel Pellegrini's side, the Liverpool manager reflected on how a letter written by a supporter named Ben served as motivation for his side's charge to the top.
"I read a letter to the players on the first day of the season from a supporter, who told us about getting into the top four and the pride he has in the club and not to just think about fourth, but think about winning," he told his post-match press conference.
"Probably at the time, the players and maybe the staff thought the letter was maybe a bit far-fetched, but I truly believed that we could progress.
"I read the same letter back again today, and all the words that went back into the players' minds were the same at the beginning of the season.
"I think now the word that has come is 'belief'. We now believe that we can be up here challenging and all the young players will be much better for that."